A longgggg time ago I created this painting:
It was a very creepy self portrait I made when I was in this weird mindset I can only describe as an in-between space. I had just recently graduated from VCU and I was really struggling with making progress on my work without the influence of my teachers and classmates. However bad VCUart school often made me feel about my style, there's no doubt that the critiques pushed me to be a better artist. Which is why it was such a strange feeling to leave school and kind of miss people tearing you apart so you could find that motivation to create better work. I made this painting because I felt a little lost, I felt that my best work was behind me and I had no idea how to move forward. When I couldn't think of how to improve the painting, I stuffed it in a closet and forgot about it for years.
Then two weeks ago I was feeling inspired. Instead of going out to spend money on a new canvas, I figured I'd look in my closet and see if there was something I could paint over. So I found this forgotten creepy chick and decided it was time to give her new life!
Something I love about painting over old work, is the depth and texture that comes out of each finished product. Check out all these bumps and craters!
I am really connecting with bright titanium white and blue these days - specifically anthraquinone blue - such a rich shade of my favorite color. It was important to me to keep some of the old elements of the original painting in the new & improved one - like a hint of the eyes and peaks of the peach that I used to be so into using.
What do you think of the way it turned out?
Side note - this painting is named after The Postal Service song, "We Will Become Silhouettes" mainly because I could listen to the intro of that song over and over and over again a million times and their music makes me want to paint. But also the lyrics go very well with this piece. P.S. The music video is wonderfully bizarre and has Jenny Lewis in it:
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